HELLO, Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events. 1st-5th October 2018
“There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights.”
— Irene Khan
NJC Recommends Two Judges for Dismissal
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the dismissal from office of Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and Justice James T. Agbadu-Fishi of the National Industrial Court. The decision was taken at the council’s 87th meeting held on October 3 under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen. Read more
Nigeria @ 58: Lawyers Renew Call for Abolishing Capital Punishments
Experts who gathered recently at a round table on revisiting death penalty in Nigeria, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), said African countries have been pursuing the easiest course, which is the elimination of the offenders from society. According to Chino Obiagwu, SAN, national coordinator, Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP), the dangers of continued use of the death penalty are so grim to be ignored or avoided for political or religious reasons. Read more
FG Reiterates Commitment to Rule of Law, Seeks Support on Human Rights
Kaduna – The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights. Malami made the remarks in Kaduna on Tuesday, October 2, at the opening of the North West Zone Consultation Meeting on the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria. Read more
PSC Partners AI To Tackle Human Rights Abuse
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has pledged to work with the Nigerian Office of Amnesty International (AI) to drastically reduce cases of human right abuses in Nigeria. The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith conveyed the commission’s position when he received in audience a delegation from the Nigerian Office of the organisation. Read more
Onnoghen: Corruption Thrives in Culture of Impunity Corruption in the judicial arm of government happens if an arbiter, in this case a magistrate, a judge, a justice or a panel, having heard from all parties and having determined where justice lies, decides to do the wrong thing by giving judgment to favour a particular individual or party over another. We must not lose sight of the indispensable role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption. Read more
Foundation Celebrates Older Persons Day, Calls for Greater Rights for the Aged
A humanitarian foundation, DAGOMO Foundation, has called for greater rights for older people in Nigeria, as it marks the World Older Persons Day. October 1 is celebrated around the world as Older Persons Day. The theme for this year, “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“, is meant to honour an older persons rights champion, late Julia Alvarez. The foundation restated that older persons have guaranteed rights to participate in good governance and should be free from discrimination. Read more
Group to Monitor Rights Abuses in Detention Centres The Federal Government has constituted a committee to monitor detention centres nationwide to ensure the protection of detainees’ rights. Presidential Committee on Prisons Decongestion and Reform (PCPDR) Chairman Justice Ishaq Bello made this known in Abuja while inaugurating a working group to monitor the implementation of Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015. Read more
Former Chairman Rights Commission Laments Shrinking Civic Space In Nigeria
Former chairman national human rights commission Professor Chidi Odinkalu is optimistic that reclaiming Nigeria’s sliding civic space can be realistic if the people participate in governance. Civil society organisations believe that the civil space is shrinking and therefore feel that attempts should be made to reverse the trend. Speaking at the forum Chidi Odinkalu said the level of human rights violations in Nigeria is on the increase under the watch of the people. Read more
Army Jails Two Soldiers 10 Years for Abduction
The Nigerian Army has found two soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole guilty for alleged violation of human rights in Borno State and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment. President of the General Court Martial (GCM) 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Olusegun Adesina, while delivering judgement yesterday at the Officers’ Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment, said the action of the soldiers was unlawful and against the ethics of the armed forces. Read more
LEDAP Boss, Chino Obiagwu Conferred the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria
On the 24th of September 2018, Human Rights Lawyer and National coordinator of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP), Mr Chino Obiagwu was conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The event was held at the Supreme Court Complex Abuja. The rank of SAN is a privilege bestowed on senior lawyers to show great leadership, integrity, humility, exemplary character and a role model to all aspiring lawyers and the public at large.
Rule of Law Versus National Security: What the Law Says
The rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest”The above statement was made by President Muhammadu Buhari while flagging off the recently concluded, 2018 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on August 26, 2018. Read more
The Need to Reform the Justice Sector in Nigeria
Stakeholders present at the CLEEN foundation 1st Kaduna State quarterly working group meeting on the Administration of Criminal Justice on 25th of September, 2018 unanimously agreed that the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice indeed intends to fasten up criminal proceedings in Nigeria with new initiatives of community service for minor offences, to option of plea bargain, and number of adjournments that should be allowed in a criminal trial.Read more
Judiciary Still in Search of Solution to Delayed Justice As shown by the statistics supplied annually by various courts, the best efforts of the judges can hardly reduce the backlog of court cases which continues to impede speedy and effective justice administration in Nigeria and prepare the ground for judicial corruption. Read more
A Painless Solution to Law Enforcement Misconduct by Tochukwu Chukwmerije
The securing of claims against law enforcement are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duties of law enforcement to up hold the laws, and the rights of citizens to be free from law enforcement misconduct – See Section 35(6) 1999 Constitution – Anyone unlawfully arrested is entitled to compensation. Read more
CSO Observatory Group on the ACJA Visit Nassarawa State for Advocacy
The CSO Observatory Group on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) paid a 2-day advocacy visit to Nassarawa State, with LEDAP’s representative in attendance. The group met with the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry with regards to collaborating with states that are yet to adopt the ACJA and facilitate the adoption of same. They also paid a visit to the State Police Command where they met with the Commissioner of Police. They urged the COP to ensure that police officers in the state are sensitized on their vast role under the ACJA, and that efforts are made to step down the knowledge of the Law to the rank and file of the police force. The COP in turn, encouraged the group to always relate with the OC-Legal on anything concerning the ACJA.
LEDAP Represents over 100 Victims and Relatives of Victims of Torture in the Public Hearing of the Presidential Panel of Investigation in North-East
In the concluded Presidential Panel of Investigation constituted by the Vice President, Prof.Osibanjo, to review compliance of the armed forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project through its active pro-bono lawyers from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe represented over 100 victims and relatives of victims of torture in the public hearing conducted by the panel in Maiduguri for the Nort-East Zone.The violations suffered by the victims and relatives of victims range from torture and other degrading, inhuman treatments, unlawful arrest and detention, detention incommunicado, enforced disappearance, extra judicial killings; and each victims sought for reliefs.
Invitation to Stakeholders Round Table Dialogue against Torture
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and National Committee against Torture (NCaT) invites stakeholders to a round-table dialogue aimed at reducing the incidences of Torture and improving redress for victims of torture and ill treatment which will be taking place in Abuja. For live updates on the Anti-Torture Projectfollow the project onTwitter, FacebookInstagram & blog pageand follow the conversation using#stoptorturein9jaon all social media platforms.
LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii)
Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here to read the most recent court judgments.
From LEDAP’s Archives
LEDAP Commends President Goodluck Jonathan For Signing The Administration Of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) To Law
LEDAP today May 27, 2015, laud the President’s landmark act of signing the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill (ACJ Bill) into law. The Law will no doubt significantly tackle the challenges in our Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria. Read more
Ayodele Ogunlana Freed by LEDAP After 7 Years On Death Row
Mr. Ayodele Ogunlana and Mr. Kelvin Inyam were both charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery under Section 402 of The Criminal Code. Mr. Ayodele was found not guilty and was discharged and acquitted by Hon. Justice A. O. Akinlade of the Lagos High Court. The other accused person, Mr. Kelvin was found guilty as charged and was sentenced to death by hanging. Ayodele Ogunlana, from Oke-Ife, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State, was charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery. The Mobile Police arrested Ayodele… Read more
FREED: Two Juveniles on Death Row in Lagos Freed
After spending 10 years in prison and 5 years on death row, the Court of Appeal in Lagos, today discharged and acquitted Sopuruchi Obed and Otobong Sunday Edet who were convicted and sentenced to death for armed robbery by the Lagos State high court on 29 August 2009. Following the appeal against their conviction and sentence filed in 2011 by LEDAP – Legal Defence & Assistance Project, a panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division unanimously allowed their separate appeals and set aside their conviction and sentence.Read more
Bayelsa Court Sentences Policeman to Death For Extrajudicial Killing
A Bayelsa state High Court VII sitting in Yenagoa on Friday sentenced Cpl. Vincent Olama to death by hanging for extrajudicial killing. In his judgment, Justice Nayai Aganaba said Olama was found guilty of killing 17-year-old, Innocent Kokorifa, in Okaka, Yenagoa, on August 18, 2016. Aganaba said the prosecution called 10 witnesses and produced 16 exhibits while the defence only had one witness, who happened to be the accused. Read more
Court Slams N600m Fine on EFCC for Declaring Rivers Government Officals Wanted
A High Court in Port Harcourt has slammed a six hundred million naira in exemplary damages on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for investigating and subsequently declaring two officials of the Rivers state government wanted. Read more
Court Sentences Man to 10 Years for Stabbing Brother to Death
Justice Raliat Adebiyi sentenced the convict after finding him guilty of a one count charge of involuntary manslaughter, stabbing his younger brother, Chibuke Abakwe to death. The convict was arraigned in 2013 for murder and he pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against him by the state government. Read more
Renewal of Writ:Michael Kolawole v Pezzani Alberto (1989) 1 NWLR (Pt.98). 2
The Supreme Court held in the famous case of Kolawole v Alberto that a writ can renewed even after its expiration.
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International Day of Non-Violence – 2 October
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. According to General Assembly resolutionA/RES/61/271of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Read more
Call for Proposal: Voice’s Empower Beyond Borders! Global Empowerment Grant
Voice is now accepting proposals with “out of the box” project ideas that promote cross-country learning and focus on underrepresented groups within several voice focus region. Focus group for West Africa Region (mainly Nigeria, Niger, and Mali) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI+) people, Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities for empowerment grants. These grants are available from €5.000 to € 75.000, and for a minimum duration of 12 to maximum 24 months. Closing date is November 9, 2018. Click here for more information
Invitation to Join the Coalition For Effective ECOWAS Community Court of Justice The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) and Trust Africa invites all individuals and Civil Society Organization working to promote human rights, rule of law and good governance in West Africa to join the network for an effective ECOWAS court. The coalition engages in various supportive strategies and mechanisms to fosters the effective functioning of the Ecowas Court and in demanding accountability from the government of member states. Click here to register
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Indigenous Fellowship Program 2019/2020
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified indigenous individuals for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship. This one year fellowship (2019) is renewable for one more year (2020). Deadline for application is October 8, 2018. Click here for more information.
Nomination Ongoing for the Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Award (GFIIA) HEDA Resource Centre, with the support of MacArthur Foundation, has decided to institute an Annual Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAM, SAN Award for Integrity, Accountability and Whistleblowing in Nigeria to be conferred on deserving Nigerians of imperturbable characteristic, Courage, Selflessness and Honesty. There are two award categories, Outstanding Integrity Award (OIA) and Valuable Whistle Blower Award (VWBA). For more information and to nominate an individual, click here. Nomination deadline is October 12, 2018
Invitation to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference 2019
Invitations are open to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 2019 conference themed Bribery & Corruption: Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference which will appeal to the judiciary, prosecution agencies, defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 9-12 July 2019. Speakers and sponsors are also wanted. Click here for more information.
Registration is ongoing for the 2018 Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS IV). The two-day conference themed “Accountability & Transparency in the Education Sector: Issues Challenges and Opportunities” is scheduled to hold on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. To attend, complete the online registration form here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org call Akinwunmi on +234 809 111 5403. Click here for more information
k Voice Beyond the Incident: Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant
Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against person/persons/community? If your answer is yes, apply for the Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident. Deadline for application is 31 December 2018. Click here to find out more
Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled and will hold from the 8th to 19th of October2018 in Geneva. Read more
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